Archive for October, 2011

Fall 2012- Winter 2013

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Shima Seiki preview.

Shima_seiki spring 2012

Friday, October 21st, 2011

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Unusual mediums and artwork

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Rust portraits. Oreo cookie cameos.

International knitting and crochet terms

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

For knitting, and crochet.

Yarn bombing gone giant

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Lion brand yarn installation, and more by the artist.

Fall knitting

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

My usual fall inventory is in production once again, new this year : an abbreviated version of my scarves to be worn as a buttoned “cowl”. Length is approximately 29.5 inches. Width varies slightly depending on small variations on yarn weight/thickness, averaging around 9 inches or a bit more.  Below are images of my first sample/ ideas on “how to wear”

Natural gas commercial

Friday, October 14th, 2011

A knit environment and making of.

Virtual knitting machine museum

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Equipment virtual museum.

Sharing my site information

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

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A baktus tale

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

A Baktus is a very simple triangular scarf/shawl. I have many oddball skeins of sock yarn, it is possible to knit a small baktus with a single one. An online search will yield many free patterns, most for hand knitting, easily adapted for the KM. Many patterns are free, including some in the latest catalog at Garn Studio.

Such scarves may be worn in hoodie and bib styles, or as neck/ shoulder wraps.

I am not personally fond of triangles with no shaping, so I thought I would try a KM version, rounding the bottom point of the triangle.

Here are the results, with yarn tails still attached.

front view

back view

I began with casting on 5 stitches, and increasing one stitch every 4 rows on one side up to the required length, then adding a short row “spiral” section, and removing that piece on waste yarn from the KM. A second identical piece was knit, and the 2 halves in turn joined on the KM. Part of the goal was to evaluate alternate joins for future lace shawl triangular pieces.

Finished measurements after blocking were: 36 in in length on straight edge for each half, 12.5 in @ widest point.

The width is in the common range for handknit versions, the length of 72 total longer than the common 55-63, but suitable for a loose tying of scarf.

This piece will be in my “consider qualities” pile for a while. Personal taste and preference do not necessarily match that of others, or those receiving item as a gift or purchasing it.